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NBC & 'Survivor' producer Mark Burnett announce casting call schedule for 'The Apprentice'

By Reality TV World staff, 06/17/2003 

NBC will begin the process to find America’s next business tycoon - one who will win the chance to earn a six-figure salary while learning from international tycoon Donald Trump - with a nationwide recruiting tour to choose finalists for the network’s new unscripted series “The Apprentice,” from executive producer Mark Burnett (“Survivor”). Shooting will begin this fall and a winter 2004 airdate is planned.

In “The Apprentice,” approximately 16 candidates from all walks of life, including both Ivy League M.B.A. graduates and street entrepreneurs with no college education, will endure a rigorous selection procedure as they are tested for their intelligence, chutzpah and street-smarts. They will face the challenges of living together in close quarters, must complete sometimes humorous but always difficult job assignments and will be forced to think outside the box in order to outshine each other to get to the top.

Prospective applicants should: be able to take risks, bounce back after failing, succeed in a cutthroat environment, go against the tide, remain focused, think creatively and be a leader.

Cities and locations are as follows:

- New York (June 20, 11am-5pm): Trump Tower, 725 5th Avenue, New York, NY. 10022.

- Boston (June 21, 12pm-6pm): The Rack @ Fanuiel Hall, 24 Clinton St. Boston, MA. 02109.

- Atlanta (June 21, 12pm-6pm): Dark Horse Tavern, 816 N. Highland Avenue, Atlanta, GA. 30306.

- San Francisco (June 21, 12pm-6pm): NBC 11 (Downtown Studio), 848 Battery St. San Francisco, CA. 94111.

- Miami (June 27, 3pm-9pm): NBC 6 Studio @ American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL. 33132.

- Philadelphia (June 28, 12pm-5pm): Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Floor 2, 1200 Market St. Philadelphia, PA. 19107.

- Chicago (June 28, 12pm-5pm): NBC Tower, 954 N. Columbus Drive, Chicago, IL. 60611.

- Seattle (June 28, 10am-3pm): Redmond Town Center, 16495 NE 74th St. Redmond, WA. 98052.

- Minneapolis (July 5, 4pm-9pm): Champps @ Butler Square, 100 North 6th St. Minneapolis, MN. 55403.

- Nashville (July 12, 4pm-9pm): Buffalo Billiards, 154 Second Avenue North, Nashville, TN. 37201.

- Denver (July 12, 4pm-9pm): Blue 67, 1475 Lawrence St. Denver, CO. 80202.

Locations and times for Washington D.C. (July 5), St Louis (July 5), Dallas (July 12) and Columbus (July 12) will be announced shortly. Check for updates.

Interested candidates should arrive to one of the open calls listed above. Though it is not required, we recommend candidates to bring a photo i.d. and a completed application form available at If prospective candidates are unable to travel to any of the locations, it is possible to apply on as we have extended the deadline to June 24.

Once selected -- and after being divided into two teams -- candidates on each week’s team who did not successfully complete the job assignment, will meet face-to-face with Trump after each round of competition as they endure a grueling interview session with Trump and some of his key executives. Each week Trump will “fire” one candidate.

In the season’s final episode, one promising and ambitious person will emerge supreme and will be awarded a prestigious, year-long dream assignment -- and a substantial six-figure salary -- that accompanies the status of becoming “the apprentice.”

Contestants must be legally eligible to work in the United States and live in the United States; must be at least 21 years of age; must be in excellent physical and mental health; must not now be a candidate for public office and must agree not to become one until six months after initial broadcast of all programs in which you appear, if selected as a player.

Prospective contestants, if selected to be interviewed, must timely complete, sign and return (prior to the date of your personal interview) a completed interview Agreement Package that includes a Background Questionnaire Form and authorization to obtain background information from third parties, among other agreements; must be willing to travel at your own expense to be interviewed in June/July, 2003 (or otherwise scheduled by the Producers) at one of the following locations nearest to you (listed above).

The Apprentice” is produced by Mark Burnett Productions. Mark Burnett is executive producer and is represented by Conrad Riggs who will also serve as a producer on the project.

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